Mary O'Brien, Utah Forests Program Director for the Grand Canyon Trust, took a break from analyzing data with student researchers to talk with us outside her home in Castle Valley. .
"I grew up at a time when I thought that things could get better, environmentally and socially. I think young people like you are going to face things getting worse for the rest of your lives. I don’t know how I would’ve dealt with that. I certainly wouldn’t have given up. During the years when it seemed possible that there might be nuclear war between Russia and the U.S, this one man who was an anti-nuclear activist was asked ‘what would you do if you knew tomorrow nuclear war was going to start?’ and he said, ‘I’d plant a tree.’ I think that’s the only thing you can do. I think you know nuclear war is going to happen and not literally but climate losses are going to happen. It makes it harder for people to think about restoring something if they think climate change is going to get it anyways. I think of my grandson who is eleven, what’s he got to look forward to if he lives seventy years from now? How hot? How many species will be lost? How many coastal areas drowned? But as far as pessimism goes I just always feel like you’re either working for making things better or you’re not. And that’s not much of a choice." #upliftclimatestories #plateaubybike